PPSh 41 Sub-machine Gun : North Vietnamese Forces

Accession Number RELAWM41005
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Physical description Metal, Wood
Place made Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Date made 1953
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

PPSh 41 Sub-machine Gun. Pressed steel construction receiver with a square slotted steel barrel jacket. Marked on the top with a circle 626, 1953 and the serial number. The wooden butt stock has a sling bar inset on the left side and a butt trap in the shoulder plate. The safety catch is in the trigger guard. The weapon is complete with a detachable 71 Suomi drum magazine. The letters HAU are scratched on the left side of the butt.

History / Summary

The PPSh 41 was one of the main weapons of the Soviet infantry during the Second World War and into the 1950's. It is crudely made but is undeniably reliable and effective. The weapon has been widely spread throughout the world and this example was captured by 4 RAR/NZ during operation "Capital" in Vietnam, November 1968.